We offer free, professional and confidential Counselling and Support for survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault.
KASA provides a safe, non-judgmental and discreet space for women and men who have been sexually abused, sexually assaulted, raped or sexually harassed, at any time in their lives, to receive one to one Counselling and Support.
KASA also provides Support Counselling for non-abusing relatives or friends of survivors.
We have been helping and supporting survivors and their families in the process of healing and recovery for the last 25 years. Counselling is free, one to one and completely confidential.
Contact our private Helpline now in complete confidence 1800 478 478
We hold Charitable Tax Exemption (Charity 11626) from the Revenue Commissioners and are registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority of Ireland (RCN 20032319). KASA is signed up to the Governance Code.
KASA was founded in 1992 by a group concerned for the lack of services in the Kilkenny area for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Following a high-profile case in the county, a silent protest and march was held by a group of local women outside the courthouse while the courts were sitting. Its purpose was to lobby local politicians and the S.E.H.B. for a Rape Crisis Centre. The nearest Rape Crisis Centre at that time was in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.
Following on from this a meeting was arranged to discuss the possible establishment of a Rape Crisis Centre for Carlow/Kilkenny with the S.E.H.B. Many premises were inspected and proved unsuitable or too expensive for its set up. The Health Board then offered a premises in Dean St. and although not totally suitable, it was the best alternative. Clonmel RCC then trained a group of voluntary counsellors for the Kilkenny RCC.
A fundraising committee called The Friends was established in 1993. Their great efforts, complemented by a grant from the S.E.H.B, ensured that the Centre would carry on.
From the outset, there was a great demand for the service, and it quickly became an established part of the offerings to the community. In the early years, the Centre only dealt with women but now offers counselling and support to both men and women.
In June 2001, the present Board finally achieved the means to purchase the building currently housing KASA.
The organisation is governed by a board of directors, is managed day to day by their service manager and has a staff of counsellors and an administrator. From time to time there are volunteers working in the service. Our core funding is provided by Tusla and we are grateful to receive any donations from the public or private donors.